Arab League leader and Assad in talks on Lebanon
Damascus (dpa) - Syrian President Bashar Assad held talks early Thursday with the Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Mussa on the political crisis in Lebanon.
Mussa also met Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem for talks. He however declined to talk to reporters.
Mussa's visit to Damascus was part of his initiative to help resolve the political crisis in Lebanon.
Parties allied to the Syrian-backed Hezbollah have withdrawn from the Lebanese cabinet and staged daily protests in a bid to force the US-led government of the Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora to resign.
Syria has announced repeatedly that it supported whatever the Lebanese might agree on.
Mussa has held talks during the past two days with rival Lebanese leaders and was scheduled to return to Lebanon later Thursday.
He has said that his talks with the Lebanese leaders were "proceeding" well and he hoped that he would be able to forge a reconciliation among the Lebanese.
He said he was confident that he would gain Syria's support for his initiative to end the crisis, underscoring the importance of the Syrian role at the Arab level. // © 2006 DPA